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Lachenbruch … said, ‘We all know what
1.96 means, right?’ And of course, I felt
95% confident that I knew …

Ann Penix, clinical biostatistician at Innovative Analytics,
discussed phase I/II clinical trials.
Latoria Thomas-Lee, assistant director of career ser-
vices at GVSU, gave advice concerning searching for a job
or internship.
Past ASA President Tony Lachenbruch speaks to a colleague after his
keynote presentation.
Exhibitors
Eleven companies participated, including Amway,
Deloitte & Touche, Foremost Insurance, Perrigo, Pfizer, Meijer,
MPI Research, Steelcase, Van Andel Institute, the U.S. Census
Bureau, and USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
One attendee said, “I found the representatives at the
USDA table most helpful because they talked about how sta-
tistics is not a subject on its own, but a much more complex
integrated part of other subjects.”
The Making of Career Day
Planning for statistics career day the second time around
was much easier. The 2005 event was such a success that
the idea was to replicate it. In early 2008, the organiz-
Students line up to ask questions at one of the career fair booths.
ing committee of nine faculty/staff from GVSU, Western
Michigan University, and Kalamazoo College settled on a
date. Availability of meeting rooms large enough to accom-
modate the expected crowds was limited, so we agreed to
hold the event on Halloween. We updated our database
of names and mailing addresses for AP statistics teachers,
career counselors, and statistics professors from Michigan
universities, as well as for businesses from the Midwest.
We mailed the first letter to approximately 400 potential
participants in May to inform them of the coming event and its
purpose. The potential participants were culled from 65 high
schools, 16 colleges and universities, and 170 businesses.
The committee then identified a number of desirable sta-
tistics careers and secured speakers in most of them by the end
Participants listen to answers to their questions during a brief Q&A
period at the end of a break-out session.
of the summer. In September, we mailed our brochure and
registration card to the entire list of potential participants. In
addition, a web site was designed for registration purposes and
a poster was designed for marketing. Posters were then sent
out to faculty representatives to display in their schools.
Admission was free; however, there was a $5 charge for
lunch. The lunch fee was waived for college professors,
Southwest Michigan Chapter members, statistics majors,
and presenters.
The members of the career day committee would like to
thank everyone who helped make this Statistics Career Day
a success. The event was supported by a Statistics Career Day
Grant from the ASA, Career Services at GVSU, the Dean of
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at GVSU, the Office A representative from one of the 11 companies that participated in
of the Provost, and the GVSU Math and Statistics Club. ■ the career fair portion of the program speaks with an attendee.
FEBRUARY 2009 AMSTAT NEWS 55
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